What would you do in this situation?
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“Patricia has been assigned as your mentor throughout your eight-week community practice placement. She is a very experienced staff nurse and has been qualified for 28 years.
“You believe Patricia to be a fantastic role model and mentor, with only one exception, and that is related to the technique she uses when administering subcutaneous Tinzaparin. Her technique is poor and you observe that there is an obvious gap between Patricia’s theoretical knowledge base and current recommended best practice and local guidelines.
“For three consecutive days you have watched Patricia administer subcutaneous Tinzaparin to Bill using a poor technique. Bill was discharged from hospital after having a total hip replacement.
“You know that Bill will need to have subcutaneous Tinzaparin daily for four weeks after his surgery to prevent venous thromboembolism as this is the recommended best practice.
“If Patricia continues to use such a poor technique when administering the injection, you know the therapeutic benefits will be greatly reduced and Bill could potentially suffer harm.
“…the therapeutic benefits will be greatly reduced and Bill could potentially suffer harm”
“You know that Bill is not receiving a therapeutic dose of Tinzaparin and, although he is not in any immediate danger, you worry that over time he is more likely to develop a VTE.
“This situation, if allowed to continue, could have a very serious outcome for Bill.”
- Would you feel able to approach this situation with Patricia?
- What strategies might you use to do so?
- If you did decide to raise concerns, who would you raise them with?